In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday 6th March 2016 this year. It is when we celebrate mothers and treat them to a meal or often give them flowers or gifts. Here are my thoughts on what to give your mum this Mothering Sunday.
Mothers play a huge part in their children's lives while growing up and even when they have grown up. So it is only natural that they get a day to celebrate all the hard work they do for their familiy.
Thousands of cards get sent each year with a range of humorous, homemade and the ‘I Love You’ cards.
A big tradition on Mother's Day is to give flowers to show how much you care and love your mum. But these days there is also a wider selection of gifts available such as; Teddy Bears, everyday essentials, food, drink and pampering products.
However, nothing beats an unexpected knock at the door by a smiling delivery driver with a fresh bouquet of flowers for your mum.
Big Hint: Mums like to relax all day and be pampered, so don't forget to make her a cup of tea or glass of something stronger!
Mother's Day is more traditionally known as Mothering Sunday across the UK and it has been celebrated since 250 BC.
The earliest recorded Mother’s Day celebration can be traced back to ancient Greece where they honoured Rhea who was the goddess of female fertility and motherhood.
In the 1600s the young boys and girls who were in service where allowed one day off a year to see their family. The day most of the children were allowed off was Mothering Sunday. A special cake called the mothering cake was made by the cooks in the house, this was given to the kids to present to their parents as a gift and somewhere allowed to pick flowers from the gardens.
How do you work out when Mother's Day is? Apart from looking at a calendar, the way to work out the date of Mother's Day is to count four Sundays after Lent. Mothers day isn't always the same date due to this.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.